October152013
A Palestinian-Australian running in the Melbourne Marathon.

A Palestinian-Australian running in the Melbourne Marathon.

July12013

Day 3 - 30th June

know-thy-heritage:

Rozana Birzeit Festival
By Mohammad Othman, from Melbourne, Australia, originally from Qalunya

On Sunday evening, after a day in the Old City of Jerusalem visiting the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the KTH 2013 delegation headed to the ROZANA Birzeit Festival.  As part of the 6th Birzeit Heritage Week, the festival featured displays by Palestinian craftsmen, artists & producers, as part of the Rozana association’s vision for implementing sustainable development in Palestinian rural areas and strengthening the position of Palestinian towns as tourism sites and repositories for Palestinian heritage and culture.

In the gorgeous Palestinian summer evening weather, the delegation was treated to the warm hospitality of the locals and the Birzeit Youth Council, and explored the vast range of stalls on offer - showcasing a vast range of hand crafts and tapestries, photography exhibitions, oil paintings, glass painting, pottery and short films, just to name a few.  The festival was truly an inspiring event, showing the varied talents of local Palestinians, and the many layers of art woven into the history and culture of our homeland.

One of the highlights of the festival was an artwork exhibition by Amer Qawasmi, a Palestinian man that was recently released from an Israeli jail after being imprisoned for no less than 24 years, showcasing the artwork that he painstakingly created by hand during his time in jail, each having its own message and story, and sometimes taking months or years to complete.  See some of the pictures below for a look at a small selection of the artwork on display.

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June302013
November172012
revealthereality:

Protests for Gaza Around the World Part 1.

revealthereality:

Protests for Gaza Around the World Part 1.

(via 4nostalgia)

October242012
xeb695:

Tel aviviwood at work - Watch Israeli propaganda in action. They posted a pic in their media of a so-called ‘Israeli woman hiding in a bomb shelter from Palestinian rockets’ - but in truth it was a photoshopped picture of a woman in the Philippines protecting her child presumably from the floods.

xeb695:

Tel aviviwood at work - Watch Israeli propaganda in action. They posted a pic in their media of a so-called ‘Israeli woman hiding in a bomb shelter from Palestinian rockets’ - but in truth it was a photoshopped picture of a woman in the Philippines protecting her child presumably from the floods.

(Source: cameranzeb, via filisteenandi-deactivated201211)

October212012
riccardobudini:

The Key of Return at the entrance of Aida Refugee Camp.Bayt Jala, Palestinian Territory. October 2012

Aida Camp has a special place in my heart.  I will never forget the beautiful people who live there and struggle to survive.  

riccardobudini:

The Key of Return at the entrance of Aida Refugee Camp.
Bayt Jala, Palestinian Territory. October 2012

Aida Camp has a special place in my heart.  I will never forget the beautiful people who live there and struggle to survive.  

10AM
October92012
In Gaza, the worlds largest Pink Ribbon was created to help raise breast cancer awareness. There are over 11,000 known cases of breast cancer in the Gaza strip, with many others said to be not yet diagnosed. 

The ribbon, which weighs 1.4kg, sets a new Guinness world record and should be seen as a message of hope, strength and resilience from the people of Gaza, who suffer on a daily basis.

In Gaza, the worlds largest Pink Ribbon was created to help raise breast cancer awareness. There are over 11,000 known cases of breast cancer in the Gaza strip, with many others said to be not yet diagnosed.

The ribbon, which weighs 1.4kg, sets a new Guinness world record and should be seen as a message of hope, strength and resilience from the people of Gaza, who suffer on a daily basis.

October72012
6AM
Freelance photographer Moamen Qreiqea, 25, lost both his legs in an Israeli air strike in 2008 while taking pictures east of Gaza. The father of two, from Gaza City, is determined to continue his career as a photographer, despite his disability. 

Freelance photographer Moamen Qreiqea, 25, lost both his legs in an Israeli air strike in 2008 while taking pictures east of Gaza. The father of two, from Gaza City, is determined to continue his career as a photographer, despite his disability. 

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